The Anglican faith has always had an unorthodox core. King Henry the VIII actually started the split from Rome not because of theology. He was even given the title “Defender of the faith”. From the very start there was no desire to surrender to the dictates of the New Testament. Instead it was an attempt to set up a new Sovereignty, one of England. Henry desired his divorce in order to find a wife who could bare children. While this seems like a problem that could have been remedied, and a fence between England and Rome that could be mended, it had significance in which Henry’s act was every bit intentional. England was slowly developing into a national super-power. Far superior to many and later all European neighbors. Henry didn’t feel like being held back by Rome. It is probably likely, that they wouldn’t mind being the new Rome. Nevertheless, Henry was smart enough to realize that he would not be free without the snares and chains of the RCC. So he developed an independent religion. Protestants saw this as an opportunity to win their case for the Christian religion in England. However the hold of Roman Theology was already in place and the English church would struggle for centuries.
The main question concerning the Anglican Faith that is of utmost importance is “Can a Christianity survive with two versions of the gospel?
Rom 7:1 Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth?
Rom 7:2 For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband.
Rom 7:3 So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man.
Rom 7:4 Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.
Rom 7:5 For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death.
Rom 7:6 But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.
This passage may at first seem oblivious to this article. Yet we see clearly that 2 covenants can not exist simultaneously. We are born in covenant bondage to the flesh. Part of the flesh system is government or nationality. If we have 2 covenants then we are going to live in contradiction. You can not serve two masters. The Episcopal Church is under 2 masters; Catholicism and New Testament Christianity.
The Christian Episcopalian tradition.
Heroic efforts) There where many martyrs who were set upon converting England to protestant theology. Among them Richard Hooker and Thomas Cranmer.
The born-again Anglicans eventually took over England and settled on the compromise of a Protestant theology with a Catholic ecclesiology or church structure. This moderate equation would be doomed to failure. In the next century Protestants would strive within the church for religious liberty. Meanwhile, the English church would then fall to secularism and eventually to Roman Catholicism as well.
There is to this day a remnant of protestant Episcopalians. However they are a minority. Here are some of the flaws, which the conservative Episcopalians have fallen victim to again and again as long as they survive.
Mat 15:1 Then came to Jesus scribes and Pharisees, which were of Jerusalem, saying,
Mat 15:2 Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread.
Mat 15:3 But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?
Mat 15:4 For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death.
Mat 15:5 But ye say, Whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, It is a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me;
Mat 15:6 And honour not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition.
Mat 15:7 Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying,
Mat 15:8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.
Mat 15:9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
The Anglican church has made it’s model to be ancient Catholicism. They hold to the early creeds and maintain a bishop system. They also practice the sacraments and have a state church.. These traditions and as we will see find there origin in man and not the New Testament. Like the tradition of the Pharisees these rituals have disrupted the faith of many believers.
Key to the Anglican apostasy is the state church model. This evangelism by way of nationality may suppress some paganism, but it leads to a pagan black market. This took place with the Roman Empire in the form of gypsies and was reinvented in the form of mystics, Jesuits and now santierra. We see this manifestation making itself known in England the form of druids, Kabbalah and Masonry leading up to Wicca and the New Age.
Mat 17:24 And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute money came to Peter, and said, Doth not your master pay tribute?
Mat 17:25 He saith, Yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers?
Mat 17:26 Peter saith unto him, Of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children free.
Mat 17:27 Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them, go thou to the sea, and cast an hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up; and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money: that take, and give unto them for me and thee.
Here we see that the church is not indebted to the government and yet the British monarch is supposedly head of the Anglican church and “defender of the faith”.
Act 4:18 And they called them, and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus.
Act 4:19 But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye.
Act 4:20 For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.
When the Jewish government order the apostles to stop preaching they could not obey the government and break the commandment of Christ. Yet the British government would stamp out all ministries that were not under it’s authority. So again, the Bible is clear that churches must be free and not state run.
Act 20:28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.
1Pe 5:2 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;
1Pe 5:3 Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.
1Pe 5:4 And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.
Whenever we see bishop rule we then see legalism, liberalism, and apostasy in that order. Our only Lord is Jesus Christ.
Col 2:11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:
Col 2:12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.
Here we see the connection between circumcision and baptism is made. Many paedo-baptist have argued that Baptism must be at birth like circumcision. However vrs. 12 argues that baptism is symbolic of burial (unlike sprinkling). We also see that the connection is made through a spiritual circumcision and not a fleshly circumcision. Baptism symbolizes the resurrection “through faith in the operation of God”. Let us look at what Paul has to say about circumcision.
Rom 4:9 Cometh this blessedness then upon the circumcision only, or upon the uncircumcision also? for we say that faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness.Here Paul shows us that Abraham was justified by faith prior to his circumcision. That covenant sign was not the point of contact to the righteousness of God. That faith is the sole key to receiving justification.
Rom 4:10 How was it then reckoned? when he was in circumcision, or in uncircumcision? Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision.
Rom 4:11 And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised: that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be imputed unto them also:
Rom 4:12 And the father of circumcision to them who are not of the circumcision only, but who also walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham, which he had being yet uncircumcised.
Rom 4:13 For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.
Rom 4:14 For if they which are of the law be heirs, faith is made void, and the promise made of none effect:
Rom 4:15 Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression.
Rom 4:16 Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all,
Rom 5:1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
Rom 5:2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
Righteousness is received through faith. It can not be received through law, since the law is incapable of providing righteousness to anyone.
Rom 3:19 Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.
Rom 3:20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.
Rom 4:4 Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt.
Rom 4:5 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.
Rom 4:6 Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works,
Rom 4:7 Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.
Rom 4:8 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.
Rom 11:5 Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.
Rom 11:6 And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then it is no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.
So righteousness is not obtained through law. And if justification could not be obtained through Israeli law then why would it be received through British law?
Now unlike the Roman Church, Anglicans try not to get caught up in specific doctrine concerning the Mass. Instead they resort to a doctrine of the “Mysterious Presence”. The 39 Articles actually makes a strong distinction against the Catholic mass. Yet the 39 articles lost sovereignty over the English church in the 1800’s. Also they have all maintained that this is a means of salvation or grace. At the end of the nineteenth century the tractarian society along with the ecumenical movement took hold and there was a push back towards Catholicism. In the last few years there has been much discussion over merging back towards Rome.
Many have obvious misinterpretations regarding john chapter 6.
Joh 6:32 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven.
Joh 6:33 For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world.
The first thing we must understand is that this scene takes place before the Last Supper. Here we see the discussion revolving around bread from heaven. Jesus says there is a bread like manna in that it came from heaven. Only this is the “true bread” which “giveth life” to the world. Communion wafers are man made and have no heavenly origin. Even the RCC teaches that the substances changes and that it was originally bread and wine. They also are incapable of giving life to anyone. Because they have all died. You may argue that the mass brings eternal life. Yet how much of the mass gives eternal life? And what of those who partake of the mass for others. There is no definite understanding of how the text would fulfill this.
This is following the miracle of loaves and fishes. The symbols which we are dealing with is fish and bread, not bread and wine.
Joh 6:9 There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many?
Once again we see the foolishness of isogesis by the sacramentalist.
Joh 6:26 Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled.
Joh 6:27 Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.
Here again Christ refers to the meal as “meat which perisheth” giving reference to the fish and also giving us the impression that Christ is not talking about physical food because all physical food perishes.
Joh 6:28 Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?
Joh 6:29 Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.
If this passage were referring to transubstantiation or consubstantiation, this would be a perfect question to reveal that answer. Yet, Christ refers to a different miracle. Christ refers to faith as he does elsewhere.
Joh 6:34 Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread.
Joh 6:35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.
Nottice he never refers to the bread being his transubstantiated body? Jesus is literally the bread of life. He gives us access by coming to him and believing upon Him.
Joh 6:36 But I said unto you, That ye also have seen me, and believe not.
Joh 6:37 All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.
Notice how in this discussion that Jesus physically present is the subject of discussion. The topic is concerning faith in him.
Joh 6:38 For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.
Joh 6:39 And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.
Joh 6:40 And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.
This contradicts sacramentalism. God’s will is for Jesus to lose none that he saves. Yet the promise of the sacrament is fleeting else you would not have to repeat it. Also there is an offer for eternal life in this passage which is based upon faith and not the partaking of sacraments.
Joh 6:41 The Jews then murmured at him, because he said, I am the bread which came down from heaven.
Joh 6:42 And they said, Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? how is it then that he saith, I came down from heaven?
Here we see even more evidence against the mass. The people are not asking about the elements they are asking specifically about Christ. There is no discussion of what elements could do.(which would be a topic they would mind discussing if it was brought to them.)
Joh 6:43 Jesus therefore answered and said unto them, Murmur not among yourselves.
Joh 6:44 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.
Joh 6:45 It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me.
Here again, we see an emphasis not upon ritual but upon learning, specifically the word of God..
Joh 6:46 Not that any man hath seen the Father, save he which is of God, he hath seen the Father.
Joh 6:47 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.
Joh 6:48 I am that bread of life.
Joh 6:49 Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead.
Joh 6:50 This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die.
We are to feast upon the sacrifice of Christ through faith. The promise of eternal life is based upon faith. Specifically faith in Christ.
Joh 6:51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.
Joh 6:52 The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat?
Here again we see only two options. Either cannibalism or faith. There is no alternative sacramental worship offered.
Joh 6:53 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.
Joh 6:54 Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.
Joh 6:55 For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.
Joh 6:56 He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him.
Now phrase sounds rather cannibalistic and Jesus means it that way, he wants the shock value. There is no sanitizing in this passage with talk of the Lord’s Supper.
Joh 6:57 As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me.
Joh 6:58 This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever.
Joh 6:59 These things said he in the synagogue, as he taught in Capernaum.
Joh 6:60 Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it?
Here Christ tackles the issue again “not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead”. Finally we see the promise that sacramentalist never will promise to fulfill, eternal life. Now, they may argue this, but if they were consistent then they would only need one offering of the mass. Even the disciples are discouraged with this doctrine. If it simply mystical formula I don’t believe they would be so disgusted.
Joh 6:61 When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this offend you?
Joh 6:62 What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before?
Joh 6:63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.
Now Jesus gets “the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” The eternal life promise flows through the word of God in the gospel not in a ritual. How does physical eating profit spiritually? Christ says “the flesh profiteth nothing”
Joh 6:64 But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him.
Joh 6:65 And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father.
Finally the gift of eternal life does not come from men or priest systems. They come from God the Father.
The liturgical worship
a. sacred holidays)
Col 2:16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:
Col 2:17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.
Gal 4:9 But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?
Gal 4:10 Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years.
Gal 4:11 I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain.
Rom 14:6 He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks.
b. book of common prayer)
Mat 6:6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
Mat 6:7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
Rom 8:26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
While one could argue that there is nothing wrong in the leading of Prayer. There is nothing biblical about ones prayer life being controlled by the church. The Anglican book of common prayer is not necessarily unholy in it’s message. But it’s designs is to control the worship and souls of the laity.
Rev 2:15 So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitanes, which thing I hate.
Nicolaitane means “to conquer” the laity
Gal 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
Christians have their rights given to them by God as a result no one has the right to take away our religious liberty.
The pagan tradition
As a result of state religion many times paganism will step into the vacum of a church outside the sovereignty of Christ. The state covers all citizens and therefore the church gets polluted with all the idolatry of the land.
a. Druids) Druidism can be described as the original British paganism. The druids were a very high ranking and powerful group of witches. In fact they were so extreme that even pagan Rome had to illegalize their activities and force them underground. It would not be surprising that this form of witchcraft is alive and well under the disguise of modern names like new age and Wicca.
One awkward sign of the preeminence of paganism is the Jewish Kabbalah. The Kabballah has played a major role in British history. Kabbalah is also one of the most powerful forms of free masonry.
c. Free Masons) Masonry is actually a continuation of the old male fertility cults. This was a continuation of paganism and is likely a continuation of the druid’s practices. To their credit the Anglicans repudiated the practices of the lodge however, as secret societies go, their have been many Anglicans who were also masons. In the USA for instance many of the Anglican founding fathers were a part of the Masonic order.
d. Naturalism/atheism) Many are quick to forget that Darwinian naturalism was in fact a British movement. Another fact the public never tends to remember is that Charles Darwin was not a trained scientist. Darwin’s degree is in theology from an Anglican seminary. Darwin was not vehemently opposed to the status quo as some would think, but instead a product of the apostate church. This is why Darwinism swept through academia so quickly. In the 1700’s naturalism had already taken hold of the higher ranks of the Anglicans. This is the reason the church so vehemently rejected revivals of George Whitefield and John Wesley. In the early 1800’s the 39 articles were already cast away as authoritative. Darwin was the missing piece of the British puzzle. It gave them precedent to shake off the bonds of Christianity. This also explains the fact that Darwin was buried in Westminster Abby implying him to be a hero of the faith. In recent times the Anglican Church gave an official apology to Darwin, as if he was ever persecuted. A poll in the 1990’s stated that 40% of British Anglican’s were Atheist
e. Theosophy) Theosophy was a return to paganism. If paganism was ever successfully shaken off in Britain. At first many Anglican scholars like B.F. Westcott and F. Hort formed groups like the ghostly guild and the British psychical society. These groups would experiment with the dead and paranormal. This is a clear violation of the OT law. (Deut.18:10-12)
When traced across the millennia it is not a well-known fact that the British and the Indians genetic and cultural relatives. This is a fact not only established by language and history but also thorugh religion. The druids interfaced a great deal with the Hindus.
It is very interesting that through the British Empire these ties were re-established. India adopted English as the national language and was able for the first time to unify the massive nation. It is no coincidence that theosophist founder Madame Blavatsky who resided in Britain made great pains to travel to India in order to seek spiritual guidance. It is also no coincidence that Rock and roll icons “The Beatles” travelled to India to gain spiritual guidance and brought back a revolution in the form of drugs and Eastern mysticism. Finally it is no coincidence that legendary pop icon Madonna converted to Kabbalah and moved to Britain while also promoting Hinduism. British paganism has always been a close sister to the Hindu Faith.
g. New Age) Many High ranking masons and Theosophist have given birth to the New Age movement. This movement is very quickly taking power over the Western World.
h. Wicca and the age of Harry Potter) Now still under the state Anglican Church we see a massive revival of Paganism with the help of the Henry Potter series. Anglicans have strongly endorsed this product and the author calls herself “Christian”.(she may be Anglican) Yet now the realm of England wicca has taken a massive foothold. Wicca is the old paganism with a makeover. There are no attempts to appear Christian or semi-Christian like before. This revitalized witchcraft religion is possibly the most powerful religion in England now.
In this generation the Anglican church is near death. Only a few orthodox churches in America and Africa have kept the gospel of salvation available. As we see the once mainline protestant people become an official cult we must remember to build our house upon the rock and not the sand.